Benefits of Coenzyme Q10

gold coloured gel capsules of vitamin q

A supplement which has been growing in popularity in recent years is Coenzyme Q10.

This naturally occurring substance helps to maintain heart health and enhance the body’s natural immune system.  It is incredibly versatile and is taken as a daily supplement by people around the world because of its energising and healing benefits.  Although it occurs naturally in the body, taking a supplement can ensure that your levels don’t drop too low.

People who suffer from lethargy or general feelings of being run down may benefit from a Coenzyme Q10 supplement.  It is also believed to help prevent migraines when taken daily.  Many older people take Coenzyme Q10 supplements to help maintain good general wellbeing because our bodies’ natural supply of this essential substance can deplete as we age.  

As an antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10 helps protect your body against the harmful effects of toxins and also aids the absorption of beneficial vitamins and minerals.  Antioxidants are sometimes credited with boosting weight loss, possibly due to their energising effect on the body helping increase the fat-burning benefits of exercise.

While Coenzyme Q10’s effects on the body have been widely studied, it is also said to have great benefit to your skin when applied topically, for example, in a face cream.  Its antioxidant properties are believed to help to repair environmental damage from free radicals and reduce wrinkles, making skin appear firmer and more youthful looking.  It is for this reason that Coenzyme Q10 is used in several high end moisturisers, so it’s worth looking for if you’re seeking an anti-ageing cream.  

Similarly to skin, Coenzyme Q10 is included in some shampoos and conditioners, because of its revitalising properties.  It promotes elasticity, making hair look more healthy and being an antioxidant it can increase vitality and shine as it helps prevent and repair environmental damage.  Shampoos and conditioners containing Coenzyme Q10 are usually fairly expensive, but are a great idea for luxury hair care if you want to have something indulgent.

Coenzyme Q10 is similar to a vitamin, and is sometimes called Vitamin Q.  It can be bought as a standalone supplement or as an ingredient in a multi supplement.  It is sometimes found in a combined Omega 3 and Coenzyme Q10 capsule as both of these supplements are beneficial for heart health, and are often taken in conjunction with one another.

A good health shop will be able to provide you with Coenzyme Q10 supplements, along with giving you advice on how and when to take them.  Please note, before taking any supplement it is a good idea to discuss it with your doctor, especially if you’re on any other medication or have a medical condition.